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High-risk sex offender, 82, to live in Winnipeg: police

Last Updated Feb 2, 2018 at 6:20 pm EST

William Rupert Astle, 82, was released from the Winnipeg Remand Centre on Feb. 1, 2018. HANDOUT/Winnipeg Police Service

Police in Winnipeg are warning the public about an 82-year-old convicted sex offender who is considered at high-risk to re-offend.

William Rupert Astle was released from the Winnipeg Remand Centre on Thursday after serving a four-year-sentence for indecent exposure to a person under 16 years of age and failing to comply with a probation order.

He is expected to live in Winnipeg, police say.

As part of his release, Astle will be subject to bail conditions and two lifetime prohibition orders, which prohibit him from visiting a public park or swimming area where people under are present, or at a day care centre, school ground, playground or community centre.

Astle was first convicted for indecent assault in 1969. Since then, his criminal record includes other offences including sexual interference and numerous breaches of probation order in relation to children.

He previously served time for sexual interference, which took place from 1990 to 2000, involving a child he knew, as well as masturbating in front of adolescents in 2005.

Police say although Astle spent time in rehabilitation, he has a history of failing to follow his release conditions. Some of the violations happened within days of his release.

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